Black Widow chief, Cate Shortland, explains why a rumored appearance from a significant MCU saint didn’t show up in the new movie, despite prior reports. Marvel Phase 4’s theatrical run officially started with the film’s release, which hit theaters on July 9 after longer than a time of delays because of the Covid-19 pandemic. Black Widow takes place between the events of Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Infinity War and sees Scarlett Johansson returning as the nominal person.
In a report from GamesRadar+, Shortland clarified that she and Marvel Studios President, Kevin Feige, ruled against adding an appearance from other MCU heroes to completely focus on the Black Widow plot. Her statement follows various rumors that Iron Man/Tony Stark would show up in the film, which stemmed from reports published back in 2019. Shortland said:
“At first, there was discussions about everything, pretty much the entirety of the various characters. What we chose was, and I think Kevin was truly incredible, he said, ‘She doesn’t require the boys.’ We didn’t need it to feel like she needs the support. We need her to stand alone. Also, she does.”
Choosing to focus on the story of Natasha Romanoff, her receptive family, and the destruction of Dreykov’s Black Widow activity, as opposed to some star-studded cameos, has plainly demonstrated to be a decent move by Marvel. Black Widow procured more than $80 million at the domestic film industry during its presentation and piled up more than $60 million all around the world through Disney+ Premier Access streams. Seeing Iron Man up on the big screen again would have been a good time for audiences, however it also would have detracted from his passionate demise in Avengers: Endgame. With the introduction of Black Widow, Phase 4 is off to an interesting start, and as demonstrated by its post-credit scene, has endless potential to go to energizing corners of the MCU.